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Increase productivity through contractors with benefits

 Why hire a contractor?As the economy improves, managers are challenged with matching the right skills to fluctuating market needs. Since the use of contractors allows companies to engage talent quickly and flexibly, the “contingent workforce” is growing exponentially. For many Next Step clients, having a pool of qualified contractors address requirements “just in time” provides a strategic advantage.Attracting and retaining contingent workers According to the Freelancer’s Guild, one-third ...
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An essential habit for enjoying life more

As I write this latest post from the comfort of my room at an award-winning design hotel here in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, not only are my thighs feeling the effects of endless hours of walking under the fierce sun since I fed my hunger with a bowl of congee (a popular Asian rice porridge dish) for brunch, but my mind can’t help but reflect on how amazing today was.It was one of those days where a rough plan of what I wanted to get done (and in hindsight, perhaps packed a bit too ti...
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How much money do I need for my startup?

One of the first questions asked by any entrepreneur is, “How much money do I need for my startup?”That’s an easy enough question, but the answer isn’t always straightforward and simple. It also varies by business.To begin, we have put together a list of things for you to consider when first pondering the question of how much money you need to raise:You need enough money to turn the corner. In other words, you need enough capital to fund various milestones to help you reach your goals. For examp...
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The possible effects of Brexit on European entrepreneurship

British society has spoken: The United Kingdom will leave the European Union, which means that British and European leaders will start negotiating the terms and pace of the exit during the next couple of years. Britain's departure will obviously affect all aspects of society, including entrepreneurship and the startup scene, but the scale of the damage will depend on the kind of relationship the UK maintains with the EU.So what options does the UK have? According to Open Europe, the nation has f...
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Building an innovation culture - Silicon Valley Style

 Innovation is one of the most critical contributors to national and global growth. Achievement of sustained success in areas such as Silicon Valley, can be attributed to many factors leading to an Innovation Culture.Initially, (1960-70’s) Silicon Valley grew through government investment (in defense), universities (Stanford and Berkeley) and bright technical/scientific people who identified opportunities to make a difference. To leverage this foundation for global growth, entrepreneurs, in...
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